Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To Ethan Allen. Nine-year-old Ethan, of Fultonville, has a chronic genetic disorder called mitochondrial disease, causing problems such as asthma, hearing loss and muscle weakness. But Ethan isn’t focusing only on his own health. He’s also showing concern for others like him who are dealing with the disease, and he’s trying to help. Ethan and his family have been raising money for MitoAction, an organization that aims to improve the quality of life for people who are affected by mitochondrial disorders. Ethan will take part in the Sept. 14 MitoAction Energy Walk and 5K in Boston with his team, the Mito Warrior Platoon. Ethan also is collecting bottles and cans to raise money for the organization. We are impressed by Ethan’s efforts.

JEERS – To a stunning verdict. A Brooklyn jury awarded $510,000 to a man who sued New York City for a broken ankle he suffered during an arrest for shoplifting. Kevin Jarman sued after pleading guilty to shoplifting at a Queens Pathmark in 2011. This wasn’t the first time Jarman successfully sued the city. He also sued for false arrest in two drug cases, winning about $35,000. He’s made a pretty penny off an obviously flawed legal system. We have a difficult time understanding how a jury could reward this shoplifter with $510,000. That in itself seems like a crime.

CHEERS – To Fage. The local economy may not be improving as quickly as people would like, but we must not forget the successes. One of them is yogurt manufacturer Fage USA. The company plans to complete its $120 million expansion project at the Johnstown Industrial Park by fall. That’s right, $120 million – one of the biggest current industrial projects in the Capital Region. Fage, which started the project in November 2012, plans to double production with a new 180,000-square-foot building and increase the plant’s work force by 150 employees, from the current 240. This is great news for the local economy. Fage is showing a strong commitment to Fulton County.